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May 16, 2019  •  Leave a Comment

HBO gives us a rundown on what is to come with Season 2 of Big Little Lies!

When will Season 2 premiere? The second season will be back in June of this year.

Who’s returning? Like a Monterey fundraising event, anyone who’s anyone will be there. Original cast members Reese Witherspoon (Madeline MacKenzie), Nicole Kidman (Celeste Wright), Shailene Woodley (Jane Chapman), Laura Dern (Renata Klein), Zoë Kravitz (Bonnie Carlson), Adam Scott (Ed Mackenzie), James Tupper (Nathan Carlson), Gordon Klein (Jeffrey Nordling), Kathryn Newton (Abigail Carlson), Iain Armitage (Ziggy Chapman), Robin Weigert (Dr. Amanda Reisman), Merrin Dungey (Detective Adrienne Quinlan), and Sarah Sokolovic (Tori Bachman) are all set to reprise their roles.

Who’s new in town? Meryl Streep has joined the cast as Celeste’s mother-in-law, Mary Louise Wright alongside other newbies, Bonnie’s mother Elizabeth (played by Crystal Fox) and second-grade teacher Michael Perkins (actor Mo McRae). Additionally, director Andrea Arnold (American Honey) will take over behind the camera.

What will it be about? The darkly comedic drama will continue to explore the malignancy of lies, the durability of friendships, the fragility of marriage and, of course, the vicious ferocity of sound parenting. Multiple characters will be dealing with Perry’s death, and the prospect of moving past a life-altering event. In short: Things could get messy.

How many episodes will there be? Seven. Season 1 creator, writer and executive producer David E. Kelley will be tackling each script, based on a story by best-selling author Liane Moriarty.

What’s happening behind the scenes? Reese Witherspoon and Nicole Kidman will return as executive producers for the series — Kidman through Blossom Films and Witherspoon through Hello Sunshine — along with showrunner David E. Kelley, Arnold, and Season 1 director Jean-Marc Vallée.

Additional executive producers will be Per Saari, Bruna Papandrea, Nathan Ross and Gregg Fienberg.

How will I survive the wait? Re-binge the first season, of course. Head to HBO NOW or HBO GO to find every episode, and check out this guide while you watch.

Is there still time to start? Absolutely. Check out the first episode of Season 1 for free, no HBO subscription required, and start getting hooked.

May 16, 2019  •  Leave a Comment

Nicole did an exclusive interview with Deadline to discuss her upcoming projects.

When Nicole Kidman first met Per Saari back in 2004, theirs would become the collaboration that spawned a brave new wave of television and film production. From their first film Rabbit Hole in 2010, to this year’s second season of smash hit limited series Big Little Lies, Kidman and Saari’s company Blossom Films continues to place passion, stellar storytelling and loyal relationships above the easier road of financial gain.

Working with Reese Witherspoon and Bruna Papandrea’s Pacific Standard on Big Little Lies, and now reteaming with Papandrea to produce two more adaptations from the work of Lies author Liane Moriarty, Truly Madly Guilty and Nine Perfect Strangers, Blossom is currently hard at work making HBO’s The Undoing, in which Kidman also stars, helmed by Susanne Bier.

All of these projects are drawn from novels by female writers—Jean Hanff Korelitz and Liane Moriarty. And next up is The Expatriates, adapted from Janice Y.K. Lee’s book—a project Kidman and Saari seized upon as it allowed them to cast women from all over the world in central roles.

In addition to putting female talent at the forefront of all they do, Expatriates—the first project under their first-look deal with Amazon—kicks off their working relationship with studio head Jennifer Salke, a woman Kidman sought to embrace as she stepped into a powerful, formerly male-occupied role.

And it was the resounding success of that female-starrer Big Little Lies that really paved the way for these new projects, a trailblazing effort Kidman and Saari wanted so badly to continue with Lies’ second season that they flew to Australia eight times in three months to persuade Moriarty to produce an unpublished novella for the story basis.

Here, in the midst of shooting prison scenes on the New York set of The Undoing, Kidman and Saari discuss their ongoing mission to tell addictive, quality tales of the human experience, the long list of talented international women they keep at the top of their rolodex, and why Kidman is resisting the director’s chair—but maybe not for much longer.

You’re on the set of The Undoing right now; how’s that experience going?

Nicole Kidman:Absolutely dreadful [laughs].

Per Saari: We’re shooting in a prison.

Kidman: No, it’s been great. We’re working with Susanne Bier, who’s just such a powerhouse. She just knows exactly what she wants and it’s just wonderful having her at the helm. And then we’ve got Hugh Grant and Noah Jupe and Donald Sutherland, so we’ve got a fantastic cast as well, and obviously [writer] David E. Kelley.

What was it about the story that felt like a Blossom Films must-have?

Kidman: Well David said, “I’ve written this and are you interested in it?” And it started with him. He was the one that gave it to us initially, and then the three of us chose to take it to HBO because we felt we had such a good relationship with them because of Big Little Lies. Plus, David loves them. They just jumped on it immediately.

Saari: And this was on the heels of Big Little Lies of course, which was a great experience for all of us and a little bit of a family was formed, which we just wanted to continue forward into the next project.

Kidman: And it was before Jen Salke was at Amazon. We just placed it there and it has been the perfect fit. We have such a strong relationship with them now.

But it was strange because with Big Little Lies Season 2 and The Undoing, it was like, “Which one are we going to do?” With Big Little Lies, we went after Liane [Moriarty] to build that novella, and then that came to fruition, and so we went, “Well let’s do Big Little Lies 2 first and then do The Undoing.”

You took eight trips to Australia in three months to make Big Little Lies Season 2 happen. This was a passion project, and clearly when you set out to do something, you mean it.

Kidman: Well I love hanging out with her anyway, so that’s easy for me. She’s very, very close to these characters, so to then build a novella that wasn’t going to be published, that’s a very unusual thing to do. I’m not sure many people have done that, but it seemed very logical to me. David then went and did his own thing with her, which has always been the way, and then we all go and create our characters even beyond that. So it’s always all of us working together.

We’re all very close. One of the strongest things that we value is, I suppose, the intimacy and the closeness of the relationships. I just think that reaps huge benefits when it goes far beyond just a working, business-like relationship. You’re dealing with art, but you’re also dealing with emotions, and it just has to be deeply personal for us.

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May 16, 2019  •  Leave a Comment

On Wednesday, AGC Studios founder Stuart Ford, director Roland Emmerich and producer and co-writer Harald Kloser unveiled to buyers at Cannes’ Carlton Hotel one of the biggest-budgeted movie projects ever to be offered on the open market: Emmerich’s “Moonfall,” a $150 million sci-fi action-thriller.

To raise “Moonfall’s” finance, alongside partners CAA, AGC Studios by Wednesday morning was “already immersed in a wide range of discussions and negotiations from sources ranging across major studios to the big independents to Chinese and international equity investors, to local Chinese distributors,” Ford said.

AGC held a standing room-only informational meeting packed with a reported 500 international attendees — hailing from Brazil, China, Japan and France, to name a few places — at a chandelier-lined ballroom in the Carlton Hotel, which overlooks the Mediterranean and the Croisette.

The team hopes to finish “Midway,” currently in the final stretch of post-production, by mid-September, then begin prepping “Moonfall” in the last quarter of this year. Shooting will begin next March and the film is expected to be completed by early 2021.

It has yet to be cast, but Emmerich said, “we’ll stay away from too big a name” to avoid overshadowing the movie.

“It’s a complex negotiating landscape and feels a bit like the Battle of Winterfell but hopefully with a sunnier ending,” Ford added.

But raising third-party equity and selling “Moonfall” is only part of AGC Studios’ business. These days, rolling the dice on pure-play sales or distribution is an ever riskier uphill task for independents as U.S distribution outlets constrict and foreign market valuations fall even lower.

Positioned principally as a production-financing movie company, AGC Studios is moving more into the TV business — the same direction being taken by taken by other capitalized international movie players at Cannes such as FilmNation, Studiocanal, Constantin Film and Anton, to name just four.

“I still believe that well-chosen and smartly configured projects can find great financial and audience success via the independent distributor path,” said Ford. “But clearly there are also broader and bigger opportunities for a content company able to embrace the wider digital distribution universe. So we are playing extensively in both spaces,” he added.

AGC Studios already has three in-house productions in progress: Noomi Rapace starrer “The Secrets We Keep,” Neil Burger’s sci-fi thriller “Voyagers” and Tate Taylor comedy “Breaking News in Yuba County,” which also rolls next month with Mila Kunis and Regina Hall joining Allison Janney as key cast.

Six more movies rom AGC are revving up for second-half shoots:

  • WWII feature drama “All That I Am,” starring Elizabeth Debicki and Vicky Krieps, directed by Emmy Award nominated Kate Dennis (“The Handsmaid’s Tale”), produced by Gabrielle Tena (”Stan and Ollie”) and Troy Lum (“The Water Diviner”).
  • Nicole Kidman will star in a yet-to-be titled period drama comedy, “in the vein of ‘Madness of King George,’” said Ford, to shoot in the U.K. and produced by Tena and Lum.
  • Kristin Scott Thomas’ directorial debut, romantic drama “The Sea Change.”
  • N’Zinga Stewart (“Grey’s Anatomy”) will direct romantic comedy “The Perfect Find,” shooting this fall.
  • Singer-actress Kiana Lede will star in teen hip-hop comedy “We Really Cool,”“Dear White People” producer Effie Brown producing and Melissa Murray directing.
  • “Blackish” star Anthony Anderson is attached to star in “Football or Me,” inspired by Argentine comedy hit “Futbol o yo.”

Film, however, may soon prove a smaller part of AGC Studios’ business.

Thank you Variety!

May 16, 2019  •  Leave a Comment

One month left until we travel to Monterey!

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It’s all about women supporting women and the cast of the cast of Big Little Lies — Reese Witherspoon, Nicole Kidman, Zoë Kravitz, Laura Dern, and Shailene Woodley — know a thing or two about how to be a girl’s girl and a damn good friend. Watch them break it down.

May 2, 2019  •  Leave a Comment

InStyle has released some of the images from the feature photoshoot they did of Nicole for their June issue.

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May 2, 2019  •  Leave a Comment

The Monterey Five are a close knit group on screen and off. Here are what Reese Witherspoon, Laura Dern, Shailene Woodley, and Zoë Kravitz have to say about Nicole:

Reese Witherspoon

Nic is very poised. I’ve never seen an actress perform like her. She’s a chameleon — it’s like Nicole disappears and someone else reappears. She’s always committed and focused.

Nicole carries around a bag of snacks with rock-hard old-lady candies, giving out peppermints and butterscotches.

Laura Dern

I think created mystery is absolutely uninteresting. I like available people. Like, “How is this person so open despite their life?” I prefer that kind of mystery. I’ve learned a lot with this tribe — Meryl, Nicole, and Reese in particular — about that. There’s no science as to how it should be done. I know, for myself, I like to be open about my passions and my opinions. But I will always protect my children by keeping some mystery around the things that the three of us hold dear.

Shailene Woodley

Nicole is my ultimate muse. What stimulates her more than anything are the inbetween moments most of us neglect. Most of us would just do this interview and forget to acknowledge there’s a candle burning next to us. That would be the first thing Nicole would say: “Oh, it’s beautiful.” Then she’d come back. And Nicole’s capacity for reading someone’s soul is greater than anybody’s I know in this industry. She’s hyper-aware of what’s happening. She’s mastered discernment. In all areas of her life.

Zoë Kravitz

Nicole can access her emotions in a crazy way, which is why she’s so wonderful at her job. She’s sensitive, and she’s open to feeling things no matter where she is or who she’s with, and I think that’s very brave, because I tend to protect myself. She goes in deep! She’s just going around feeling the real shit.

May 2, 2019  •  Leave a Comment

Nicole and her Big Little Lies co-stars cover the June issue of InStyle magazine! Check out what they have to say about each other!

Guess which actress is the most “rigorous,” who’s a “ninja,” and who reliably keeps “old-lady candies” in her purse.

Big Little Lies is a Very Big Deal. It is an epic, insanely entertaining, tremendously acted hit. It features an ensemble of women, from longtime movie stars to burning younger talents who are each Big Deals on their own (oh, and coming up in Season 2, Meryl Streep). But it represents more than that. It is, frankly, a triumph for the ladies. BLL is great work done by great women, with respect and craft, the conscious sharing of opportunity, and, most significantly, very real friendships.

The lives of the cast — Nicole Kidman, Reese Witherspoon, Laura Dern, Shailene Woodley, and Zoë Kravitz — have overlapped in myriad ways. Nicole and Reese have a production partnership (Big Little Lies is their brainchild). Reese starred with Laura in Wild. Laura starred with Shailene in The Fault in Our Stars. Shailene starred with Zoë in Divergent. Nicole has known Zoë since she dated her father, Lenny Kravitz, 16 years ago. And so it goes. These women’s relationships run much deeper than “ensemble cast”; rather, they have influenced and enriched each other’s lives.

It’s quite the confluence: intense success, intense celebrity, intense friendship. But I wanted to talk to Nicole, Reese, Laura, Shailene, and Zoë about something else — ambition. Ambition remains, curiously, a loaded word, and in conversation, some embraced it more than others. Their answers are wildly different and often surprising, revealing a desire for success, sure, for visibility and political change, of course, but for love more than anything else.

Nicole Kidman: “[Working with these women has been] astounding because I’ve learned so much. We all come in with our own set of skills. There’s great listening and great contributing and great compromise, but actually, in the end, it’s just a great allegiance. The show itself is its own force. We were all like, ‘No, we’re done,’ and it pulled us back in. Reese and I just look at each other and go, ‘How did we get here?’ What a lovely thing to play the women we play and have people feel like they know them. I’ve never had that. I’m not used to that. It feels so good. Makes me feel very close to people.

“Other people are off doing things like having a girls’ weekend. I don’t have that because I go home. I want to be with my children and my husband [singer-songwriter Keith Urban]. I will sort of get lost in a character or whatever I’m doing, but I’m constantly working to keep that balance.”

Reese Witherspoon: “[Late-night on set] I like to make people laugh. Zoë tells jokes too. Nicole carries around a bag of snacks with rock-hard old-lady candies, giving out peppermints and butterscotches. Shai is just chill. And Laura gets delirious and starts making up musicals … It’s truly one of the greatest experiences of my career. I feel like a door opened, and I’ll never go back the other way. When I watch the episodes, I’m always texting them saying, ‘You blew me away.’ I’m in awe of their talent and our collective ability to express on such a deep level, have joy on such a high level, and celebrate each other. It’s the most fulfilling expression of the female experience I’ve ever had on film — particularly when Meryl Streep shows up. That’s when you’re like, ‘Oh, we are doing something right.'”

Zoë Kravitz: “I have amazing people in my life who support me — my friends, my family, my fiancé [actor Karl Glusman], and all the women on Big Little Lies. They have my back, and I know if I was doing some weird, crazy shit, someone would set me straight. They help whenever I have a moment of panic and confusion, which happens quite often. … I’ve known Shai for years now, and with all the ups and downs — life stuff, fame, films, love — she’s just constantly herself. So many people change depending on their environment, and Shailene Woodley does not, and I fucking love it. Life is Shailene Woodley’s bitch. And Laura has the best sense of humor. She makes me laugh so hard because she finds humor in really bizarre places. You see it in her acting too: What she does with her characters is always this weird tone of funny. Nicole can access her emotions in a crazy way, which is why she’s so wonderful at her job. She’s sensitive, and she’s open to feeling things no matter where she is or who she’s with, and I think that’s very brave, because I tend to protect myself.”

Laura Dern: “Our dinners are like 10-day vacations on a deserted island. Every dinner is three and a half hours minimum with food and wine. We break it all down. It’s how I think all of us feel when we get together with a group of women, particularly in the same field, like you’ve been crossing the desert for five days and you see water.

“‘Ambition’ was a dirty word for women when I was a little girl. Women who are ambitious are cold, calculating, and unsexy — that was the idea presented to my generation. To be sexy was to be demure, subservient even. … It’s been enough, I think, for Reese, Nicole, and me to be ambitious in our field. I was told growing up that to be an actress of quality you shouldn’t make money because serious actresses didn’t make money. Actors made money.”

Shailene Woodley: “I want to cry when I think about Reese, because that woman holds the weight of so many worlds on her shoulders yet manages to show up day in and day out with more ambition than anyone I’ve ever met. More drive, more care, more passion. Even if she disagrees with you, she will take the time to understand. Sometimes I get a mothering comfort from Reese, and other times I get a cool-big-sister vibe. I admire how she’s able to use humor to create the change she wishes to see. That is her superpower. She’s also a ninja.

“When I’m watching Big Little Lies, I feel as if I’m as much an audience member as anyone else. When I do films, I see myself in almost every shot, but with this project, I take up five minutes, so I get to see story lines unfold. I’m properly eating popcorn on the edge of my seat when I watch Big Little Lies.”

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May 2, 2019  •  Leave a Comment

Nicole Kidman is (wisely) going back to the well that scored her an Emmy: The actress will star in Hulu’s series adaptation of Nine Perfect Strangers, the bestselling book by Big Little Lies author Liane Moriarty, TVLine has learned, with BLL executive producer David E. Kelley on board as well.

Nine Perfect Strangers — which earned a straight-to-series order from the streamer on Tuesday — takes place at a swanky health and wellness resort where nine frazzled city dwellers go to unwind. Kidman will play the resort’s director Masha, “a woman on a mission to reinvigorate their tired minds and bodies,” per the official synopsis. “However, these nine ‘perfect’ strangers have no idea what is about to hit them.”

Kelley, who wrote all seven Season 1 episodes of HBO’s Big Little Lies adaptation, will serve as co-writer and co-showrunner here, along with John-Henry Butterworth (Edge of Tomorrow). Moriarty will serve as an EP. Nine Perfect Strangers is expected to debut in late 2020 on the streamer.

Kidman is set to reprise her Emmy-winning role as Celeste in Season 2 of Big Little Lies, which debuts Sunday, June 9 at 9/8c on HBO. She’s also slated to star opposite Hugh Grant in the upcoming HBO limited series The Undoing, which will feature Kelley as writer and showrunner as well.


May 1, 2019  •  Leave a Comment

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